Thursday
Aug
2012
02

Why We Love Photoshop World

by RC Concepcion  |  8 Comments

THIS JUST IN:
Hey everyone, RC here. Today August 2, 2012 at 2PM EDT (in about 90 min), #Photoshop instructors +Matt Kloskowski +Corey Barker +Pete Collins and I are getting together with some lunch to just talk about all of the other reasons we love Photoshop world outside of #Photoshop and #Photography . Obviously there is a ton of training out there to be had, but you would be amazed as to how so many other things at the conference totally make it one of my favorite places to be.

If you want to watch as we tape this, you can watch at http://kelbytv.com/onair – you can even leave comments or questions.. be happy to answer any.

Thursday
Aug
2012
02

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  140 Comments

Photoshop World Early Bird Ends TOMORROW!
That’s right, tomorrow is the last day to register for Photoshop World Vegas and save $100! While you’re registering, go ahead and book your room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino so you can stay where the instructors stay. Just think… You could be playing the slots right beside Moose Peterson or enjoy an elevator ride with Dave Black!

Seriously though, don’t wait and end up spending more money. Register now!

Kelby Training Live
In just a couple of weeks on August 14, RC Concepcion is bringing the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour to Charlotte, NC! Head over to KelbyTraining.com for all the details and to register. Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket!

KelbyTraining.com
There’s no one who knows how to manipulate light like Joe McNally, and he’s back with his latest Kelby Training class, Light, Shadow and Motion! Join Joe as he captures dancers in dramatic fashion utilizing his 30 years of experience to tailor the light for each frame.

Want to check Kelby Training out for free? Leave a comment for your chance to win a free one month subscription!

The Grid
Yesterday on The Grid, RC Concepcion and Matt Kloskowski were joined via Skype by Jeremy Cowart to discuss How Inspiration Can Fail You As A Photographer. Throughout the hour, RC, Matt, and Jeremy discussed working through creative ruts and making images regardless of whether you’re inspired to or not. If you’re a creative person who can’t always find the inspiration and motivation to keep producing work, this is an episode you don’t want to miss! Keep an eye out for it to be posted sometime today.

Vincent Versace Workshop in Cuba
Join Vincent Versace and Fatima NeJame in Cuba November 10-18 to explore and photograph Havana, Viñales National Park, and other beautiful historic locations. Get the full itinerary and register at Workshop.org.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Vincent’s upcoming book From Oz to Kansas and a signed 11×14 print of the cover!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop World Pass
- Ken Campbell

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminars
- Tom Peterson
- Jerry

Captured by Moose Peterson
- Donald Townsend

Wednesday
Aug
2012
01

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Sid and Michelle Monroe!

by Brad Moore  |  12 Comments

We were flattered and honored when asked to write a guest blog – and, we were told, we could write about whatever we wanted. But, we wondered, why us? What could we possibly have to say to the readers of this blog?

Visitors to our photo gallery frequently ask us, “are you THE photographer?” (that may be flattering, but not if you happen to have photographs from the early 1900′s on exhibit); or, “are you A photographer?” (“no, we leave that to the experts”). Truth be told, besides taking pictures of our children when they were young, we have no real camera experience whatsoever and could not by any stretch be considered “photographers.” So, stop here if you want technical advice or news on the latest digital accessory, plug-in, or wiz-bang program.

As gallerists concentrating on photojournalism, what we do know is that the way a great photograph can capture time, emotions, and experience is what makes photography a unique art form. There is a certain mystery about a photograph that captivates viewers and causes them to pause in thought and remembrance, and maybe, just maybe, change the way they think.

Throughout our careers we have been privileged to know, or to have known, many committed photographers who have created a visual record of the times we all live in. Within each of these beings exists a drive and a determination to tell the story. At the very beginning of our careers, Alfred Eisenstaedt told us that the photographer’s job “is to find and catch the storytelling moment.” And that is how we have looked at photographs ever since.

So we decided to take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated photojournalists who have been, and continue to be, there to bring the voices and the images of the people to us all through photographs. And, in the process, we’ll affirm the place for storytelling in the 21st Century.

To some, the single image seems almost “quaint,” if not obsolete, in today’s world. We are told that video, multi-media, and “platforms” are the way to tell stories. And, we are bombarded by images throughout our daily routine: photos are sent instantly by mobile phone; the internet is literally saturated with every image conceivable; and the pictures on the TV news and in newspapers and magazines are almost an afterthought. So, is there a place for the story of the single image?

We were too young to remember, at that time, the published pictures of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, but rather have memories of those events from the reactions of adults around us at the time. Today, photographs of these leaders connect generations not only with their causes and ideals, but with the tragic and violent end to these leader’s lives – all of which were captured on camera.

However, we do remember vividly the daily publication of photographs from the Vietnam War, and the nightly footage on television news. These images communicated the stark reality of war in a way words could never describe. We could not fully comprehend the politics and issues of that war, but because of those photographs, we came to understand what war was.

(Consider that for the past 10 years, the world has seen very little from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Can you cite “iconic” images of these wars, as compared to the now-classic images from World War II and Vietnam? Photojournalists from many leading news organizations have of course been covering the conflict, and what has been missing from the newspapers will be presented in the forthcoming book by Michael Kamber, Photojournalists on War, a groundbreaking new visual and oral history of America’s nine-year conflict in the Middle East. We recommend that everyone get this book – there are a few limited edition copies left.)

In the 1980′s, we were extremely fortunate to get to know the great Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. At one of our first meetings, he shuffled through stacks of prints and history came alive before our eyes: Goebbels, Hitler, Mussolini, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Churchill, the Kennedys, and everyday people and extraordinary locations of the 20th century – frozen forever in a single frame. Eisie introduced us to Carl Mydans, who once wrote: “Sometimes people have asked me why I devoted so much of my life to covering these terrible scenes, these disasters, these wars.  The answer always has been that what I am doing is important, and that’s why I am here. I am making a record of historic times.” (If you are not familiar with Mydans’ photographs, you owe it to yourself to find out about one of the most unheralded photojournalists of all time.)

Our course was set, and for decades now we have worked to enhance the understanding of photojournalism and promote the work of photojournalists in print form. In the beginning, many photographers were nothing short of incredulous; completely unconvinced that anyone would care to see their pictures outside of a magazine or newspaper. It continues to be our unwavering belief that history lives on beyond newsprint.

Perhaps it is the same with every generation, but the challenges humanity as a whole faces today seem to be enormous. From the politics of your local hometown, to the platform of the national stage, to the innumerable issues facing people and countries world-wide, these are tumultuous times. Yet at the same time, if one so chooses, it is very easy to simply block out the inconvenient truths of our time, or to blame it on “the other side”. Of course the world is more complex than that, and there are thousands of dedicated photojournalists covering critical issues and events in every corner of the world right at this very moment, some at great peril and personal risk. The stories their pictures tell are critical to helping us all confront and understand complex issues. Their photographs will be a record for historians in the future and will inform future generations of events that shaped the world they inherited.

And despite what you may have heard, these pictures are out there to be seen. Even sometimes in newspapers and magazines (The Guardian and Telegraph not only publish good photo stories, but have dedicated sections for photography on their websites.) Find out about some of the important work being done at photo agencies such as NOOR and VII Photo, to name just a couple; and collectives such as Facing Change: Documenting America; and by all means be sure to check out TIME’s LightBox and Photojournalismlinks. Sometimes, to see, one has to look.

Our current exhibition presents photographs of select human rights struggles, and the exhibition has affirmed our steadfast belief in the power of a photograph. The exhibit’s press release stated “Photographers in this exhibition illustrate the power of photography to inform, persuade, enlighten and enrich the viewer’s life.” Visitors to the gallery may not know what to expect when entering, and some have whirled about to face the front desk and exclaim “This is serious!” Today a gentleman said to us, “Well, I’ve seen some beautiful paintings, but this makes you think”. We have seen parents quietly explaining the situation behind a photograph to their children, we have seen people softly weeping, we have been asked “why do you show this?” and the quiet of the gallery has occasionally been startled by someone gasping “Oh my God!”

It is this quality that has caused photography to become the main medium of our times. It is this “storytelling moment” that in fact defines photojournalism. Joe McNally wrote “What I truly believe about a powerful picture is that after viewing it, you are never the same. You have been changed, forever. You might not realize it at that moment, but you are.” And we think that is exactly correct.

So, as we started, we take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated photojournalists who have been, and continue to be, there to bring the voices and the images of the people to us all through photographs. We honor your commitment and service to humanity. The word “story” is often misunderstood to mean a “tale” or a fictional narrative; but its actual definition is simply “history.” Let us all open our eyes, and see the stories that form our collective history.

You can see more at MonroeGallery.com, keep up with them on their blog, follow them on Twitter, or just stop by the gallery when you’re in Santa Fe!

Tuesday
Jul
2012
31

Update From New York (and save $100 now on Photoshop World)

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

What as awesome day yesterday in New York!!!! (and thanks to RC who took this pano of the crowd from behind me while I was teaching how to shoot and stitch panos. LOL!).

Thanks to everybody who came out — one of my best crowds of the year! Great to see so many familiar faces and getting to meet some great new folks. I love NY! Just some quick things before I board my flight home:

(1) The deadline to save $100 on a full conference pass to the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo (Sept 7-9) is this Friday, so if you wanna go (and I know you wanna go), go sign up right now (and save even more by reserving your room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino — that’s where I’m stayin’).

(2) A guy came up to me yesterday at my seminar and he was absolutely raving about Light It magazine (which, of course, had me smiling from ear to ear). He was in the magazine business, and he said he thought it was the best designed and implemented digital magazine he had ever seen, and I was just thrilled). If you haven’t seen Light it (our hot shoe and studio lighting magazine for the iPad), you can download the first issue free from the App Store (we’re working on an Android version now).

(3) If you are going to Photoshop World, don’t forget to enter the Guru Awards. The prizes are awesome, and winning a Guru Award has been a career springboard for a lot of folks (the competition is only open to registered Photoshop World attendees, but entry is free to those folks).

Gotta run —- they’re boarding. Hope you guys have an awesome Tuesday, and we’ll see you here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday. Cheers.

 

 

Monday
Jul
2012
30

Greetings from New York City!!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

Got in yesterday afternoon for my seminar today, and spent the day with my buddy RC Concepcion goofing around in Manhattan (RC used to live here, and he knows all the great restaurants, the history, where everything is and such). We went to the Intrepid museum (built on a World War II aircraft carrier), which was just fantastic (I had been there about 15 or so years ago, and it’s just gotten that much better over the years! Even saw the Space Shuttle Enterprise).

The video clip above is about the seminar I’m teaching today, but if you’re not here in New York today at my seminar, you can catch either me or RC as we take the “show on the road.” The next stop is RC’s in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 15th, and then I’m out in Sacramento, California on August 22nd, and then in Denver on August 29th. Here’s the link for details and/or to sign up. Hope to meet you in person!

Here’s some other quick Monday stuff:

(1) If you’re into seeing the Olympics from a photographer’s point-of-view, our good friend Bill Pekala from Nikon Professional Services is out at the Olympics in London, and has been posting a great series of images on his blog from a different point of view. If you’ve got a minute, it’s worth checking out (here’s the link) and he posts new stuff about every day.

(2) My buddy RC bought a Nexus 7 tablet and I am just really impressed with it. For $199, it is really amazing. WAY better than I ever thought a $199 tablet would be. Love the small size and the way it feels in your hands. Very quick and responsive with a nice crisp screen, and pretty lightweight. I have to say, if a new smaller 7″ iPad wasn’t just six weeks or so away (rumor), I’d probably get one.

(3) If you’re into HDR, you’ve gotta check out Nik Software’s newly updated HDR Efex Pro 2. This is the tool a lot of pros are using and they’re raving about the new version (I just started taking it through it’s paces, and it already looks really cool). You can download a fully-working demo from their site (here’s the link).

(4) MPIX (just the coolest online photo lab ever) is having a “Hip My House” contest where you can win $5,000 worth of prints (RC talked about this on his Guest Blog post a couple of weeks ago), and if you haven’t entered….why not? This contest is really clever, and you’ll love the results. Here’s the link with all the details.

(5) I mentioned that I’d let you guys know how I’m liking my new Macbook Pro. Well I am absolutely super-digging it (as my wife would say). This thing is just screaming fast (I had no idea how big a difference the SSD drives would make) and while the display looks great, neither Photoshop or Lightroom has been updated to take advantage of the Retina display yet, but outside of that, the rest looks wildly crisp (in a good way).

Lastly, if you’re here in New York at my seminar, make sure you come up and say hi. I always get a kick out of meeting folks who read my blog, so track me down so I can thank you. Here’s wishing you a Monday that feels like a Friday! Cheers.

 

Friday
Jul
2012
27

Quick Update From Philly

by Scott Kelby  |  28 Comments

Hi Gang: Greetings from a rainy night in Philadelphia (iPhone photo above was taken pressed against my hotel room window right before a huge rain storm hit last night), where today I’m doing my “Photoshop for Photographer’s Tour.” Here’s just a few quick things:

(1) Dave Black’s class on Shooting High School football is absolutely getting just rave reviews. I see incredible comments daily on Twitter, Facebook and G+, and if you’re a kelbytraining.com online subscriber, even if you don’t think you’ll be shooting high school football, I guarantee you’ll learn great things for any sports from Dave’s online class. He is truly a gifted teacher.

(2) I’ve made my transition off my Drobos and I want to do a full blog post on it, but I’ve got so much on my plate right now I won’t be able to do it justice with just a quickie post, but I’ll have something detailed within the next two weeks, so stay tuned.

(3) I’m trying out my new MacBook Pro (with the Retina Display) today in Philly. I’ll let you know how it goes (but I can tell you this — it’s my first Mac with SSD drives, and MAN does it scream!!!!).

(4) Matt Kloskowski runs the popular LightroomKillerTips.com blog, but he wanted a place where he could talk about more than just Lightroom, so he recently launched “The Ski Report” (a play off the last syllable of his last name) and he’s got some great stuff already on there (including his first thoughts on the new MacBook Pro). Here’s the link.

(5) Do you live in New York? Do you live near New York. Do you want to hang out with me on Monday and learn some cool new Photoshop stuff? Cool. Here’s the link. (I have a video there that explains what I’m teaching in the tour). 

(6) I still don’t know who sent me that picnic basket.  :(

(7) Today is a great day to back up your photos (especially if you haven’t done it in a while). Don’t forget to back up the photos on your cell phone!!!

(8) This weekend would be a great time to gather up your photos and submit them online to the copyright office. You’ve been putting it off long enough. :)

(9) We have a ton of cool video stuff at our Kelby Media Group YouTube channel, including lots of classes from the Google+ Photographers conference, and sneak peeks at classes, tutorials, episodes of “The Grid” and a bunch of just fun or funny stuff. Here’s the link (you can subscribe for free and then you’ll know when we post new stuff).

(10) If you’re going to Photoshop World in Vegas in September, you oughta stay where we’re staying (by we, I mean me plus all the staff and instructors); at the Mandalay Bay resort, seeing as we’ve got a discount for conference attendees, but it runs out pretty soon, so if you’re going, snag your room now!!!!! Here’s the link with details and how to get your discount.

That’s it from a rainy night in Philly. If you’re at the seminar today, or in New York on Monday, and you read this blog, make sure you stop me and say Hi. I always get a kick out of meeting folks who read the blog. Have a great weekend and here’s hoping you take your best shot yet! :)

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